Robert Kubica's management and doctors have been making noises that he'll be back in Formula One next year. I'm not convinced, his accident was horrific and he is still a long way off a full recovery.
Even if he does make it back into F1 next season, recent history has shown how hard it is to get back to your best. Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld have all spent time out of the sport (for 3 very different reasons) and on their return haven't been able to match the heights that they previously mentioned. I'll come back to that in another post.
Considering the state he was in after the crash, it would be remarkable for Robert to make a return, but I am almost certain we won't see him return to his best. You wouldn't find many people in F1 who wouldn't have predicted that Kubica would become an F1 Champion. What a shame that it's unlikely to happen. 2008 was a fantastic season for him, and moments of 2009 and 2010 showed glimpses of brilliance.
How much must he regret that rally now?
I hope I'm wrong, I hope we see Robert return as the driver he was previously and win a title. What a fairytale strory that would be.